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Laura Ward - President

SD41 Burnaby

Laura is a member of the Tla’amin Nation but is currently a visitor on the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Squamish Nations. She has been actively involved at both the PAC and DPAC levels with SD41 as well as many other community initiatives throughout the city of Burnaby. She has a passion for building community capacity and finding the gifts that community members have to offer.

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Sandy Thon - 1st Vice-President

SD22 Vernon

Sandy lives in the SD22 district and acknowledges that she has lived on the unceded territories of the Okanagan/Sqilixw/Syilx/Splatsin People for over thirty years. Sandy is the caregiver of her 8-year-old grandchild. She has taken on roles with the local PAC, DPAC and other supporting committees. She brings her career experience of thirty years in government and union positions.

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Cheryl Blondin - Treasurer

SD75 Mission

Cheryl (she/her) lives in the traditional, ancestral, unceded and shared lands of the Stó:lo people, which includes Sq'éwlets, Leq'á:mel, Sema:th, Matheqwí and Qwó:ltl'el First Nations. Parents to two boys aged 11 and 13 in 2023, she has been active in the PAC for 8 years, and is the past Chair of SD75 DPAC. She has a passion for Active Transportation and Physical Education and is working to make a cultural shift towards this locally and provincially. Cheryl currently owns and runs her own business with her husband, which provides technology solutions, Fitness Training, and Bookkeeping services. We always make time for things that are important to us, and volunteering and our children's education is always important.

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Meredith Laird - Secretary

SD36 Surrey

Meredith has two children in K-12 in SD 36 (Surrey) and works in supporting curriculum at a post-secondary institution. Their degree is in cognitive experimental psychology, and their interests include parliamentary procedure and community engagement. They are grateful to have lived in peace as an uninvited guest on the territories of the Anishinabe Algonquin, Haudenosaunee, and Coast Salish peoples

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Victoria Brekkaas – Indigenous Director

SD59 Peace River South

I live in Dawson Creek which is situated in Treaty 8 territory, the traditional, ancestral, unceded and shared lands of the Sicannie, Slavey, Dene/Dane-Zaa, Cree, Saulteaux, and Métis peoples. I have 2 children who have graduated and 4 who are still in school grades 3, 7, 8 and 12. I also have 4 step children, 2 of which who have graduated and one in each grade 11 and grade 12. Alongside many other children who have called my house 'home' over the years. I hold a social services worker diploma and when I am not working or busy being mom you can find me being active within the school district sitting on the PAC, a a representative with the Indigenous Parents Advisory Council as well as sitting chair for the SD59 DPAC. I am also active in many other volunteer organizations and societies within the Peace Region.

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Resha Sabti - Director

SD35 Langley

I am an environmental engineering and currently finishing my masters at UBC. Three months after I moved to Canada with my family, I started my first volunteering job. I do consider volunteering a very critical part of my integration into becoming a better member of our beautiful Canadian culture and learned English. I have been volunteering for over 20 years and I am honored to be volunteering to advocate for better education for our children with BCCPAC. I have beautiful twin boys in elementary school district 35. You can spot me running our husky dogs in our neighborhood which helps me recharged.

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Alex Mullaly - Director

SD42 Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows

Alex has been involved in a variety of roles, for the volunteer sector over the years; from committees to elected boards. He inspires and encourages all who can, to participate; within their capacities and actively works to build upon the communities in which his family grows into. Alex and his family have the privilege of currently adventuring and settling on the traditional, shared and unceded Territory of the həṅq̓əmín̓əḿ speaking People of the Katzie First Nation and Kwantlen First Nation.

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Kendra Mann - Director

SD20 Kootenay-Columbia

Kendra has been actively involved at the PAC, DPAC, and BCCPAC level for 15 years and has been part of the SD#8 and now SD#20 Advocacy project. She has one daughter who graduated in 2019 and has 2 other daughters in grade 10 and 11, she is also has a 5 yr old boy with Autism that she is currently providing care for. Kendra and her family reside in School District #20 on the traditional, shared and unceded territory of the Knutaxa people. When Kendra is not volunteering for PAC, DPAC, BCCPAC, Girl Guides of Canada or any of her other volunteer commitments she can be found when the weather is warm paddleboarding. Kendra brings with her 20 years of Administration experience in a work environment to the BCCPAC board of Directors.

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Keirsten Tymko - Director

SD79 Cowichan Valley

Keirsten is raising 4 children on Vancouver Island. She has been heavily involved at a PAC and DPAC level with district 79 for many years and has recently found an enthusiasm for public education at a provincial level. Keirsten lives, owns a business, coaches, and sends her children to school as uninvited settlers, on the land of the Stz’uminus, Penekelut, Halalt and Lysackson people. Keirsten's passion for Truth and Reconciliation, and inclusive learning is very evident and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of an organization that shares those values.

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Tracy Humphreys – Executive Director

SD61 Greater Victoria

Tracy is a settler on the stolen lands of the Lekwungen and Wsanec Peoples. She has ADHD and autism, and is a parent to three amazing children with disabilities. She has also been an active volunteer in BC schools in many roles for over 25 years and was awarded the 2019 Victoria Community Leadership Award in Lifelong Learning for her work as the founder and Executive Director of the BCEdAccess Society, advocating for equitable access to education for children and youth with disabilities.

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